K2 is the second-tallest mountain in the world, and is considered to be more difficult to summit than its taller neighbor Mt. Everest. K2 saw one of its busiest seasons ever thanks to temperate weather and a pent-up demand post-COVID.
The influx of mountaineers has apparently led to disastrous conditions in the mountain’s base camp with trash and debris left scattered across the terrain.
Flower Wayta (@florcuenca_mountainclimber) took to Instagram to share her frustration with this season’s climbers, and it’s easy to sympathize with her.
Check out the full post below:
every time when we return from the mountain and especially after reaching the summit, we post our photos very proud. Yes, 100% summit. I ask you. We are also proud of all the garbage we leave behind????? We are supposed to be mountaineers, why do we do this to the mountain??? Isn’t it that we go to the mountains to enjoy pure nature, solitude, the magic of the mountains??? What pure nature can we talk about, when year after year we leave our waste there and it accumulates? What do we think? That all this waste is going to disappear as if by magic or will the aliens be in charge of cleaning it up???
I have seen people upload with a huge materials to give comfort to their customers. They spend a lot of time carrying oxygen bottles, tents, and food. But when they descend there is only one way and they do not have the power to lower everything that has been transported upwards.
It is a great pity that K2 and like other mountains of eight thousand, we have turned them into a pigsty. Ok, perhaps an exception can be made, when there is very bad weather or one’s life is in danger, something can be left. but we are not always in those conditions. some have beautiful weather when they return to base camps
WE ARE NOT MOUNTAINEERS, WE ARE SIMPLY A GROUP OF FOOL WHO CLIMB THE MOUNTAINS TO SATISFY THEIR EGO, USING EVERY MEANS WE CAN, BECAUSE A PASSIONATE MOUNTAINEER WOULD NOT DO THIS TO THE MOUNTAIN.
I don’t want to hurt feelings, but what I say is the truth”